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Cotton: I hope we go back to health care next year

Cotton: I hope we go back to health care next year
© Greg Nash

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems MORE (R-Ark.) said Sunday that he hopes the Senate revisits ObamaCare repeal next year after its tax-reform push.

“I hope next year that we return to health care, but right now I’m focused on this tax bill,” Cotton told CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

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Cotton’s remark comes as the upper chamber pursues a proposal for tax reform, which last week passed through the Senate Finance Committee.

The House last week passed its own tax-reform legislation, which differs from the bill in the Senate. The Senate proposal includes a delay to the cut in the corporate tax rate, while the individual tax cuts are temporary.

The Senate bill includes the repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate, which Republicans have for years criticized as a tax.

The Senate failed several times this year to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a signature promise of President Trump’s campaign.

But the issue of the individual mandate has been thrust into the spotlight as the Senate weighs its tax-reform bill.